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7 reasons to upgrade your Android in 2024

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With 2024 well underway, it's time to make the right call on your next phone. We take a look at some of the reasons Android can be a great option.

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1. Exclusive new features, powered by Google AI

Android is always pushing to provide users with greater productivity, better personalisation, more seamless connections, additional accessibility and improved security.

Circle to Search with Google is a new feature available on the Pixel 8 and Samsung S24 series that allows you to easily search what you see, without switching apps1.

You're able to make a simple gesture β€” such as scribbling, tapping, circling or highlighting β€” with your fingers. Then Google will launch its search function, allowing you to identify specific products, or to get more information about a particular topic.

For example, you might see an item you like while you're watching YouTube Shorts. Simply long press the home button or navigation bar on your Android phone to activate Circle to Search. Then just circle the item to quickly find similar items on Google. There's no more need to jump back and forth between apps.

Available on select Pixel phones, Magic Editor also allows you to easily retouch and enhance pictures as you see fit2. From basic features like adjusting blur to advanced AI to fill in the blanks and give pics the look you want, it's a great way to take your photography to the next level.

More features are set to be introduced in the near future, too.

2. More customisation, control and accessibility with Android 14

Android 14 is packed with OS features that help you customise your device experience, give you more control over your health and safety, and help improve accessibility3.

One of the big features Android 14 offers is better photo quality, via Ultra HDR4. It's an image format that allows you to bring out the inner beauty in your photos, via its ability to offer brighter lights, darker darks and more saturated colours overall. With this access to a wider range of tones, you'll be able to better capture the world around you, the way you want to see it.

Visit Android's website to see what else is possible with Android 14.

3. More seamless connections

Android phones are designed to fit into a wider ecosystem of devices β€” tablets, smart watches, smart homes, smart cars and more. But did you know there are some other hacks you might have been missing?

Quick Share is a new feature that allows you to easily send and receive photos, documents, files and more to yourself or others in the nearby vicinity5. It's a great way to encourage collaboration in the workplace or to easily share event pics with friends.
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Android's Fast Pair also allows you to easily hook up to a nearby speaker. sound system, headphones or other audio devices, via Bluetooth6. So you'll always be able to find a way to listen!

4. Non-stop mobile protection

In a world where we often carry our lives on our phones, it's essential to have the right security in place.

Android works non-stop to help keep you and your data protected via a number of privacy and security features that help keep you safe.

Always-on spam detection helps you avoid spammers and scammers alike. Phone by Google warns you about suspicious callers before you pick up, while Messages by Google filters your inbox to prevent suspicious material ever landing in there7. In fact, around the world, it helps prevent over 1.5 billion spam messages each month!

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Google Play Protect also provides protection against malware and dodgy apps. All apps are carefully analysed before they're made available for download. Daily scans also help disable any malware or harmful apps on your device.

You can also find out more about your device security options by visiting the Android Security Hub.

5. Something for everyone across premium hardware

There are always exciting new Android phones hitting the market, and 2024 is no exception. Whether you're looking for a camera with epic zoom capabilities, longer battery life to get you through the day or simply want to change up your style with a different-coloured device, Android has you covered.

Both the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra and the Google Pixel 8 range offer high-quality photography, powerful processing and access to a huge range of apps via the Google Play store.

Here's a quick rundown of both the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra and the Google Pixel 8's specs, side-by-side:

S24 UltraGoogle Pixel 8
Display6.8 inches6.2 inches
Dimensions 6.4 x 3.11 x 0.34 inches5.9 x 2.8 x 0.4 inches
Weight233 grams187 grams
Camera12MP ultra-wide camera, 200MP wide camera, 50MP telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom, 10MP front camera with 3x optical zoom12MP ultra-wide camera, 50MP wide camera, 10.5MP front camera
Storage256GB, 512GB, 1TB128 GB, 256 GB
Battery 4,855mAH4,575 mAh
OSAndroid 14 with Samsung One UI 6.1Android 14
ProcessorSnapdragon 8 Gen 3Google Tensor G3
Water resistanceIP68IP68
Stylus supportYes - S PenN/A
ColoursTitanium Grey, Titanium Black, Titanium Violet and Titanium Yellow. Online-exclusive colours: Titanium Blue, Titanium Green and Titanium Orange.Hazel, Mint, Obsidian, Rose
Buy nowSamsung Galaxy S24 UltraGoogle Pixel 8

6. Opting for a network that gives you the service you need

There are a number of different considerations when you're picking a mobile network – device choice, pricing, data allowance, network availability to name a few.

Now with triple the 5G coverage since 2021, you can join Vodafone's fastest and most reliable network yet.

You can see an in-depth review of Vodafone's services on Finder.com.au.

7. Great offers from Vodafone

From now until withdrawn, you can save $350 on the new Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra when you stay connected to a selected plan over 24 or 36 months. Plus, you'll score a bonus set of Galaxy Buds FE valued at $199.

The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra includes access to Google's Circle to Search, along with a wide range of other features such as Nightography, faster processing power and access to a huge range of apps.

You can also view a range of Vodafone's plans right here on Finder.com.au.

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